I didn't have any problems with signs last year, though I had the GPS log on my watch to keep me honest.I have heard that there's been issues with signs in previous years, so it's probably worth keeping your wits about you!
We went to "The Alice Lisle" in the evening which is short walk from the overnight stop - it's a nice pub and does decent food if you're still hungry after the XNRG dinner, and serves a good pint or two if that's your thing
I've done the Ridgeway, (not with XNRG) and did the Pony Express event last year...
In my experience, the Pony is easier underfoot, flatter and with more Tarmac than the Ridgeway. I'd think it'll be bone dry after the recent weather. it's a different sort of landscape around the New Forest rather than higher up - not better, or worse, just different...
Personally, I prefer the Ridgeway but it's a good weekend and XNRG are always good hosts. There's a decent pub near the overnight stop too which is worth a visit
Seren - a better run is to get the train to Pyle or Port Talbot and then run back to Barry. There's drop-out points at Llantwit and Rhoose if you want to knock-off a few miles. Pyle to Barry is about 35 miles including a couple of miles to get to the WCP from the train station
It's a much more inspiring run, the prevailing westerly wind is normally in your favour, water points at Portcawl, Methyr Mawr, Ogmore, Llantwit and the caravan parks.
Sorry Steve, I don't have a 310XT any more... I have the Fenix now, but often wish I still had the 310XT as it was a solid bit of kit.
I like the look of the Fenix 3, and also the Epix but really can't justify it, especially having just bought a Garmin GPSMAP 64 handheld for navigation, (very nice - but that's a different topic)
To be fair, my Fenix has been a lot better recently - but it only lets me down when I really need it, which is normally towards the end of a big day out when I've lost the trail and am braindead, tired and confused.
The 310XT is the best Garmin I've had - 17 hours on a single charge - I don't get that with my Fenix. Plus the 310XT never crashed or locked up on me unlike the Fenix which is notoriously buggy and unreliable.
Didn't know about the mode trick for moving away from the charging display. But it charges quickly enough using a powermonkey or other USB charger that you don't miss it for long.